28 February 2018
In the last five years the gender identity service in Yorkshire and Humber has seen an increase in the number of referrals from 26 in 2012/2013 up to 194 in 2016/2017 and schools across the country are seeing an increasing number of pupils who are gender-questioning and trans.
Working in partnership with trans young people and other local authorities including Kent County Council, Birmingham and Barnsley, Sheffield City Council has developed a best practice guide for schools. This trans support pack helps with issues such as recording a students preferred name, providing gender neutral toilets, supporting parents, carers and siblings at the school as well as lesson plans for teachers to help introduce the topic.
The Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYit) carried out a consultation with young people, parents and carers and organisations including Sheffield School for Girls, Hillsborough College, and Period Positive to produce the Trans Support Pack.
One of the young people involved in creating the toolkit said: “Staff often ask inappropriate and offensive questions. I know they don’t mean to but this will help them to ask the right thing.
“If one person in school asks the right questions, uses the right name and the right pronouns it can make such a huge difference to a young person.
The toolkit was launched on Monday, February 26 2018, at a conference at Sheffield Town Hall.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is great to see Sheffield leading the way with this transgender toolkit. Schools need to be clear to students, that from the moment they enter the building that they are in a place where difference is celebrated and everyone is welcome.
“Gender is no longer just pink or blue. We want all our schools to use this toolkit to make sure all our students feel fully supported and nurtured.”
To download a copy of the support pack visit sayouthtrust.org.uk/news/trans-support-pack-sheffield-schools/